United Way is close to their goal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The United Way is still looking for donations to close out the year.

They are just shy of their 2.3 million dollar goal. December 31st is the last day to donate this year to the organization.

“We are pushing hard to try to get that remaining dollars. We talk about the dollars but what that really means is peoples' lives. So, that's about 10,000 people that might not get served if we don't raise those dollars,” said Jamie Tonnies, United Way of the Black Hills Executive Director.

Donations stay in the area where they are raised. They provide services and help the community. With Red Kettle donations down this year, many wonder why these donations are not coming in.

“There's a lot that's been going on this year. We've all seen that there've been a lot of natural disasters, both within the country, as well as, around the world. And it's phenomenal that we have such a caring community and we know that people here living in the Black Hills are giving to those causes to help with the fires and the hurricanes relief, but that might mean that people have less to give here locally,” said Tonnies.

If you want to mail in a donation it must be postmarked before December 31st or just stop by the office in Rapid City.